from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A soft sheer gauzy fabric.
- n. Something delicate, light, or flimsy.
- n. A fine film of cobwebs often seen floating in the air or caught on bushes or grass.
- adj. Sheer, light, delicate, or tenuous. See Synonyms at airy.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A fine film or strand as of cobwebs, floating in the air or caught on bushes etc.
- n. A soft, sheer fabric.
- n. Anything delicate, light and flimsy.
- adj. Tenuous, light, filmy or delicate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A fine, filmy substance, like cobwebs, floating in the air, in calm, clear weather, especially in autumn. It is seen in stubble fields and on furze or low bushes, and is formed by small spiders.
- n. Any very thin gauzelike fabric; also, a thin waterproof stuff.
- n. An outer garment, made of waterproof gossamer.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fine filmy substance, consisting of cobweb formed by various small spiders, and only, according to some, when they are young.
- n. A variety of gauze, softer and stronger than the ordinary kind, much used for veils.
- n. Any thin or light material or fabric; also, a garment made of such material; specifically, a thin water-proof outer wrap, especially for women.
- n. A mere trifle; a flimsy, trivial matter.
- Thin and light as gossamer; light: as, a gossamer waterproof or coat.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a gauze fabric with an extremely fine texture
- adj. characterized by unusual lightness and delicacy
- n. filaments from a web that was spun by a spider
- adj. so thin as to transmit light
Middle English gossomer : gos, goose; see goose + somer, summer (probably from the abundance of gossamer during early autumn when geese are in season); see summer1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English gossomer, from gos ("goose") + somer ("summer"). (Wiktionary)